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1 Corinthians 15

MSG 1 Friends, let me go over the Message with you one final time - this Message that I proclaimed and that you made your own; this Message on which you took your stand NIV 1 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. MSG 2 and by which your life has been saved. (I'm assuming, now, that your belief was the real thing and not a passing fancy, that you're in this for good and holding fast.) NIV 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. MSG 3 The first thing I did was place before you what was placed so emphatically before me: that the Messiah died for our sins, exactly as Scripture tells it; NIV 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, MSG 4 that he was buried; that he was raised from death on the third day, again exactly as Scripture says; NIV 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, MSG 5 that he presented himself alive to Peter, then to his closest followers, NIV 5 and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. MSG 6 and later to more than five hundred of his followers all at the same time, most of them still around (although a few have since died); NIV 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. MSG 7 that he then spent time with James and the rest of those he commissioned to represent him; NIV 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, MSG 8 and that he finally presented himself alive to me. NIV 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. MSG 9 It was fitting that I bring up the rear. I don't deserve to be included in that inner circle, as you well know, having spent all those early years trying my best to stamp God's church right out of existence. NIV 9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. MSG 10 But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I'm not about to let his grace go to waste. Haven't I worked hard trying to do more than any of the others? Even then, my work didn't amount to all that much. It was God giving me the work to do, God giving me the energy to do it. NIV 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. MSG 11 So whether you heard it from me or from those others, it's all the same: We spoke God's truth and you entrusted your lives. NIV 11 Whether, then, it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed. MSG 12 Now, let me ask you something profound yet troubling. If you became believers because you trusted the proclamation that Christ is alive, risen from the dead, how can you let people say that there is no such thing as a resurrection? NIV 12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? MSG 13 If there's no resurrection, there's no living Christ. NIV 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. MSG 14 And face it - if there's no resurrection for Christ, everything we've told you is smoke and mirrors, and everything you've staked your life on is smoke and mirrors. NIV 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. MSG 15 Not only that, but we would be guilty of telling a string of barefaced lies about God, all these affidavits we passed on to you verifying that God raised up Christ - sheer fabrications, if there's no resurrection. NIV 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. MSG 16 If corpses can't be raised, then Christ wasn't, because he was indeed dead. NIV 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. MSG 17 And if Christ wasn't raised, then all you're doing is wandering about in the dark, as lost as ever. NIV 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. MSG 18 It's even worse for those who died hoping in Christ and resurrection, because they're already in their graves. NIV 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. MSG 19 If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we're a pretty sorry lot. NIV 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. MSG 20 But the truth is that Christ has been raised up, the first in a long legacy of those who are going to leave the cemeteries. NIV 20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. MSG 21 There is a nice symmetry in this: Death initially came by a man, and resurrection from death came by a man. NIV 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. MSG 22 Everybody dies in Adam; everybody comes alive in Christ. NIV 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. MSG 23 But we have to wait our turn: Christ is first, then those with him at his Coming, NIV 23 But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. MSG 24 the grand consummation when, after crushing the opposition, he hands over his kingdom to God the Father. NIV 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. MSG 25 He won't let up until the last enemy is down - NIV 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. MSG 26 and the very last enemy is death! NIV 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. MSG 27 As the psalmist said, "He laid them low, one and all; he walked all over them." When Scripture says that "he walked all over them," it's obvious that he couldn't at the same time be walked on. NIV 27 For he "has put everything under his feet." Now when it says that "everything" has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. MSG 28 When everything and everyone is finally under God's rule, the Son will step down, taking his place with everyone else, showing that God's rule is absolutely comprehensive - a perfect ending! NIV 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all. MSG 29 Why do you think people offer themselves to be baptized for those already in the grave? If there's no chance of resurrection for a corpse, if God's power stops at the cemetery gates, why do we keep doing things that suggest he's going to clean the place out someday, pulling everyone up on their feet alive? NIV 29 Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? MSG 30 And why do you think I keep risking my neck in this dangerous work? NIV 30 And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? MSG 31 I look death in the face practically every day I live. Do you think I'd do this if I wasn't convinced of your resurrection and mine as guaranteed by the resurrected Messiah Jesus? NIV 31 I die every day--I mean that, brothers--just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord. MSG 32 Do you think I was just trying to act heroic when I fought the wild beasts at Ephesus, hoping it wouldn't be the end of me? Not on your life! It's resurrection, resurrection, always resurrection, that undergirds what I do and say, the way I live. If there's no resurrection, "We eat, we drink, the next day we die," and that's all there is to it. NIV 32 If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus for merely human reasons, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die." MSG 33 But don't fool yourselves. Don't let yourselves be poisoned by this anti-resurrection loose talk. "Bad company ruins good manners." NIV 33 Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." MSG 34 Think straight. Awaken to the holiness of life. No more playing fast and loose with resurrection facts. Ignorance of God is a luxury you can't afford in times like these. Aren't you embarrassed that you've let this kind of thing go on as long as you have? NIV 34 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God--I say this to your shame. MSG 35 Some skeptic is sure to ask, "Show me how resurrection works. Give me a diagram; draw me a picture. What does this 'resurrection body' look like?" NIV 35 But someone may ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?" MSG 36 If you look at this question closely, you realize how absurd it is. There are no diagrams for this kind of thing. NIV 36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. MSG 37 We do have a parallel experience in gardening. You plant a "dead" seed; soon there is a flourishing plant. There is no visual likeness between seed and plant. NIV 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. MSG 38 You could never guess what a tomato would look like by looking at a tomato seed. What we plant in the soil and what grows out of it don't look anything alike. The dead body that we bury in the ground and the resurrection body that comes from it will be dramatically different. NIV 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. MSG 39 You will notice that the variety of bodies is stunning. Just as there are different kinds of seeds, there are different kinds of bodies - humans, animals, birds, fish - each unprecedented in its form. NIV 39 All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. MSG 40 You get a hint at the diversity of resurrection glory by looking at the diversity of bodies not only on earth but in the skies - sun, moon, stars - all these varieties of beauty and brightness. And we're only looking at pre-resurrection "seeds" - who can imagine what the resurrection "plants" will be like! NIV 40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. MSG 42 This image of planting a dead seed and raising a live plant is a mere sketch at best, but perhaps it will help in approaching the mystery of the resurrection body - but only if you keep in mind that when we're raised, we're raised for good, alive forever! NIV 42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; MSG 43 The corpse that's planted is no beauty, but when it's raised, it's glorious. Put in the ground weak, it comes up powerful. NIV 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; MSG 44 The seed sown is natural; the seed grown is supernatural - same seed, same body, but what a difference from when it goes down in physical mortality to when it is raised up in spiritual immortality! NIV 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. MSG 45 We follow this sequence in Scripture: The First Adam received life, the Last Adam is a life-giving Spirit. NIV 45 So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. MSG 46 Physical life comes first, then spiritual - NIV 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. MSG 47 a firm base shaped from the earth, a final completion coming out of heaven. NIV 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. MSG 48 The First Man was made out of earth, and people since then are earthy; the Second Man was made out of heaven, and people now can be heavenly. NIV 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. MSG 49 In the same way that we've worked from our earthy origins, let's embrace our heavenly ends. NIV 49 And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven. MSG 50 I need to emphasize, friends, that our natural, earthy lives don't in themselves lead us by their very nature into the kingdom of God. Their very "nature" is to die, so how could they "naturally" end up in the Life kingdom? NIV 50 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. MSG 51 But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I'll probably never fully understand. We're not all going to die - but we are all going to be changed. NIV 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed-- MSG 52 You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes - it's over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we'll all be changed. NIV 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. MSG 53 In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. NIV 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. MSG 54 Then the saying will come true: Death swallowed by triumphant Life! NIV 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." MSG 55 Who got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who's afraid of you now? NIV 55 "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" MSG 56 It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. NIV 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. MSG 57 But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three - sin, guilt, death - are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God! NIV 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. MSG 58 With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don't hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort. NIV 58 Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.